Friday, November 16, 2012

Raw Food Friday #2 Kale Pesto

There is more to raw food than shakes and salads but I'm just getting started.  I am including more raw foods in our daily meals lately but I don't think I'll go completely raw.  We eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning (which my hubby makes) and I'm not trying to mess with a good thing.

Why raw food?  The phytonutrients in fruits and veggies are essential to our bodies.  They help our immune systems fight colds and cancer.  I could go on but I'd rather let the experts do the talking.  
Check out:
Why Raw Food?
The Raw Food Institute

I'm going to try my best to share at least 1 raw food recipe every Friday and I encourage you to try it out and share your own recipes.
I love Kale!
Lemony Kale Pesto
from Diana Stobo

1 bunch lacinato (dinosaur) kale
1/4 cup nutritional Yeast (optional substitute for cheese)
3/4 cup pecans (I used sunflower seeds)
½ teaspoon sea salt
zest of 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 clove garlic, grated
¼ cup cold pressed olive oil

Remove stems from kale. In a food processor fitted with an s-blade, add the Kale, nutritional yeast, pecans, salt, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and garlic. Process until coarsely chopped. Slowly add olive oil and pulse to incorporate. Taste for salt and add more oil if it is too dry. This should not be an oily pesto, only add enough oil so it is moist. Toss with a zucchini Pasta (or raw veggies), use as a raw pizza base or as a delicious dip.


  1. Love this! I eat raw a lot and love it. Once you get used to it processed food tastes awful. Good luck!

  2. Thanks Jamie! This is a new series and I'm looking for bloggers to join me. Let me know if you'd like to be my guest for a Raw Food Friday!

  3. I am so impressed with your commitment to this and you make it seem so easy!

    Thanks for linking up to Raising Imperfection!

  4. Hi Leslie! While it may not be easy, it is an adventure! I feel better when we eat healthier and I am in awe of people who make this a complete lifestyle.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I love a good pesto. I never used to but I am trying new things! This looks great :)

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection. Please come back Friday to see if you were featured!
    Happy Thanksgiving!


  6. Kale is just all over the place right now!!! I know I'm going to end up having to give it a try.

    Thanks for sharing, I'm visiting you from the No Rules Weekend hop.

  7. Sounds super yummy! I have always wanted to make a pesto sauce. All the other recipes seem really difficult. I will have to give this a try.
    Thanks for linking with Raising Imperfection!

  8. I LOVE kale pesto! I make mine with garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and lemon juice. Thanks so much for sharing at Sweet Saturday :)


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